Researchers at the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) have joined forces with partners from the European Think Tanks Group (ETTG) and the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) to publish policy papers on Africa-EU relations. They aim at informing debates ahead of the next AU-EU summit.
The policy paper “A new multilateralism for the post-COVID world: What role for the EU-Africa partnership?” addresses the increased importance of multilateralism in the world, especially with regard to global crises. It highlights the need for an eye-level partnership between the EU and African countries and considers opportunities to further strengthen participation of African countries in multilateral fora, such as the UN Security Council and the G20. Furthermore, it suggests immediate ways forward in Africa-EU relations to tackle three areas of major global concern – the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate and the environmental crises.
The policy paper “Green transition in Africa-Europe relations: What role for the European Green Deal?” discusses key challenges and opportunities for Africa-Europe cooperation on green transitions. Green transitions have the potential to support Africa–Europe cooperation by combining the climate agenda with an innovative socio-economic project for jobs creation and sustainable growth. Whereas green transitions are key topics in the AU as well as in the EU, both continents approach these debates from very different angles. The policy paper discusses Europe’s and Africa’s objectives and interests in cooperating on green transitions, highlighting six particularly relevant priority areas for cooperation.